As for the disabled items on start initially just re-enable the one that applies to the audio, the remainder should be inconsequential
I understand about SP2
Try the print spooler fix and just re-enable audio and let me know how it goes
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Not to the extent that it would cause that
Could you system restore to the point created by combofix please
We may have a really big problem, here...
"No restore points have been created on your computer's system disk. To create a restore poit open System Protection."
Could the disabled "Recovery System for Windows" service in startup be related to this? I used to have several restore points, and as you mentioned Combofix claimed it created one, too.
Edited by devilbear, 09 August 2014 - 01:38 PM.
I walked away while it was finishing up, but the chkdsk did fix two files I saw listed: the spooler service, which is no longer giving an error, and an .mp3 file. That said, my custom shell theme is still botched in that I cannot actually get it to take effect.
I'm guessing I will have to repatch uxtheme.dll after all...? I actually found in the process of attempting to re-find the automated patcher for Vista, that sfc /scannow does, in fact, restore the patched .dll files to their original state. So that would be the culprit, and I wonder if it's also why the process failed halfway through.
I'm also still experiencing some lag, though much more livable. I didn't see how the restart went after chkdsk so I rebooted it again and it took a while to reach the welcome screen but after that it started up fairly smoothly-- far better than before, that's for certain. But my processor is seeing excessie, heavy load and it says my battery is at 0% even though I have been running on nothing but outlet power for the past several hours. And file extensions and hidden files are visible even though they weren't supposed to be originally. That's something which happened with safe mode and seems to have carreid over the whole time.
I'll be heading out for a while shortly, so I don't really have time to see yet if the network disconnect issue has returned (so far it hasn't, but it's only been 11 minutes). I'll probably be able to check that out tonight or tomorrow morning... if I'm lucky enough that it will start again later, that is. Ended up spending what has so far amounted to an hour here, as I have been searching for how to patch the uxtheme again. The internet hasn't glitched out like it did the other night, yet.
Edited by devilbear, 09 August 2014 - 05:44 PM.
Actually, I spoke too soon about smoothness. I just tried to double check that Windows Defender was enabled because it crossed my mind, and I got the following error:
I tried googling the issue, but what I found was that McAfee won't allow Windows Defender to run alongside it. I don't have McAfee on my system, though I think it shipped with it... but that's been uninstalled for a very long time.
I typed services in my search bar, opened the services list, and right click > start on Windows Defender, and it opened without issue. But I obviously don't want to have to do that every time I start my system to get protection. I noticed the service is listed as manual start... Could that be related, or is that what it's supposed to be started as, yet the system should have manually started it?
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